Nederlandsch Octrooibureau strengthens the prominent position of Food and Pharma with new partner Jaap Mannaerts

July 17, 2012

On the 1st of July 2012 Jaap Mannaerts became the 15th partner of Nederlandsch Octrooibureau N.V., the European consultancy specialising in Intellectual Property.

“A little over two years ago, I took on the challenge of setting up a Chemistry & Life Sciences practice from our office in Eindhoven. The Eindhoven-Leuven-Achen triangle (‘ELAt’) is renowned as a centre of knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship, with significant focus on Chemistry & Life Sciences,” Jaap says.

CEO Herman de Haan adds: “This perfectly matched NOB’s philosophy to select a limited number of strategic locations for its offices, each offering the full range of services and technical expertises. Jaap becoming a partner will be a great stimulus in his efforts to expand our position in this ‘ELAt’ region.”



Jaap joined Nederlandsch Octrooibureau in 2003. Previously, he was engaged in drug regulatory affairs on behalf of the Dutch branch of Novartis.

Jaap holds an MSc in bio-pharmaceutical sciences (2002) from theLeidenUniversity. He specialises in pharmaceutics and nutrition. Specific areas of expertise include pharmacology, pharmaceutical technology, organic chemistry and analytical chemistry. Jaap is currently responsible for the patent portfolios of a number of Dutch and Belgian companies that are actively involved in human and veterinary nutrition. He also represents several multinational pharmaceutical companies before the Dutch Intellectual Property Office.

Besides the drafting and prosecuting of patent applications, Jaap has been involved in opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO and in patent litigation before the Dutch Courts. Jaap has also gained extensive experience in the prosecution of supplementary protection certificates for medicinal products and plant protection products in theNetherlands. Jaap engaged in several landmark cases in theNetherlandsconcerning SPCs as well as SPC extensions under the Paediatric Regulation.


About Nederlandsch Octrooibureau

Nederlandsch Octrooibureau is one of the largest European IP consultancies, boasting almost 125 years of experience. Entering into and maintaining lLong-term business relationships based on high-quality professional knowledge combined with an efficient, customer-oriented approach is pivotal. Nederlandsch Octrooibureau continues to invest heavily in innovative and sustainable solutions and systems to serve clients worldwide. Nederlandsch Octrooibureau has three offices inThe Hague(headquarters), Eindhoven and Ede.